Authored by: María José López-Couso , Elena Seoane

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415531412
eBook ISBN: 9781315668925
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Grammaticalisation, also known as ‘grammaticization’ (cf. Hopper 1991; Himmelmann 2004) or ‘grammatization’ (cf. Matisoff 1991), is broadly understood as the development along the cline of grammaticality ‘lexical > grammatical > more grammatical’. The growing popularity of the field over the past three decades is reflected in a vast recent literature on grammaticalisation and grammaticalisation phenomena, including acknowledged canonical references (Lehmann 1982, 1985; Traugott 1982; Heine et al. 1991; Hopper 1991), textbooks (Hopper and Traugott 2003), handbooks (Narrog and Heine 2011), lexicons (Heine and Kuteva 2002), special issues in journals (Language Sciences, Campbell 2001 and Kranich and Breban 2015), monographs (e.g., Heine 1993), and collective volumes (e.g., Traugott and Heine 1991; Giacalone Ramat and Hopper 1998; Wischer and Diewald 2002; Fischer et al. 2004; López-Couso and Seoane 2008; Seoane and López-Couso 2008; Stathi et al. 2010; Traugott and Trousdale 2010; Davidse et al. 2012). There are also a great many journal articles dealing with grammaticalisation and related processes of language change, including lexicalisation, degrammaticalisation, analogy, and (inter-)subjectification, these in different domains, different languages and language families, and from different approaches and perspectives. The past few decades have also seen a proliferation of workshops and conferences devoted to grammaticalisation, most notably the New Reflections on Grammaticalization (NRG) series (Potsdam 1999, Amsterdam 2002, Santiago de Compostela 2005, Leuven 2008, and Edinburgh 2012) and From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from Grammaticalization (FITIGRA, Leuven 2005).

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